Schools & Higher Education


At HOTA, students experience the arts through immersive and exciting learning experiences where their ideas are encouraged and valued. Our inquiry-based approach provokes curiosity, inspires the imagination, and opens doors to new ways of thinking about the world.

Programs are supported by experienced educators and are tailored to specific year levels and aligned with Australian Curriculum frameworks and subject areas. Our program provides for learners from Prep to Further and Higher Education, across schools, colleges, TAFE, universities and flexible learning sites.


Playwright Program

Calling all fledgling playwrights!

Award winning Playwright Matthew Ryan is coming home to the Gold Coast to share his secrets and skill with a select group of young people with a story to tell. On completion of the program a selected number or participants will present their short play in a rehearsed reading, at HOTA.

Read more about Matthew and the program here.


Dates & Times

Mon 20 July, 6-8pm
Masterclass #1
Introduction to Playwriting – One paragraph story submitted

Mon 10 Aug, 6-8pm
Masterclass #2
Advanced Playwriting

Mon 24 Aug
First draft scripts submitted for individual assessment

Mon 14 Sept, 6-8pm
Masterclass #3
Re-writing / one-on-one feedback

Tue 6 Oct
Final drafts submitted

Mon 12 Oct
Masterclass #4
Additional feedback for writers
Masterclass pending participant needs

Mon 16 Nov
Rehearsed readings of scripts.

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This is a free program.

To apply, submit an original one paragraph story to  Successful applicants will be contacted and invited to register with the program.

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John Bell Scholarship

Students from regional schools across Australia are eligible to audition for the John Bell Scholarship.

A life-changing opportunity for budding performers, three students will be selected to receive one week of training and ongoing mentorship from Bell Shakespeare. They will undertake acting masterclasses with Bell Shakespeare artists, observe rehearsals, see live theatre and perform their winning monologue for John Bell, Artistic Director Peter Evans and a Bell Shakespeare cast.

Ages and Eligibility
To be eligible to audition, students must be enrolled in a regional high school full-time and be 16 years of age or older by 31 December 2020.

1 June – 31 Oct
Online Live Auditions (via Zoom)

Shortlisted participants announced

Winners announced

Jan 2021
Scholarship Week

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  • Select your chosen monologue from the list here.
  • Register your interest for an audition slot here.
  • Bell Shakespeare will be in touch to organise your audition slot.
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Arts Bus Fund

Arts Bus Fund is an initiative to assist in reducing the cost of bus travel to HOTA. Schools can apply to the fund to receive a one-off subsidy to contribute towards bus travel to see an exhibition, performance or participate in a workshop.

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